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Governor Ron DeSantis suspends local COVID emergency orders

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has signed an executive order to suspend all emergency orders related to COVID-19.
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Gov. DeSantis announced the executive order on Monday during a press conference in St. Petersburg.

“Over the last year, we’ve seen some of the abuses. We want to make sure we stop that,” DeSantis said. “[The governor’s executive order] not only reigns in the ability of local governments to do this stuff, it provides more check against the state.”

The order will suspend all local coronavirus mandates immediately.

“I think that’s the evidence-based thing to do,” DeSantis said. “I think folks that are saying that they need to be policing people at this point, if you’re saying that, you really are saying you don’t believe in the vaccines.”

The governor said people should not be burdened with regulations once they’re vaccinated…it suggests the vaccines don’t work.
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Students and staff at Palm Beach County schools will still have to wear masks while on campus despite the lifting of the emergency order.

In addition the executive order, DeSantis also signed a law that prevents the government from closing schools and businesses during any emergency, with the exception of hurricane emergencies, unless there is a continual justification for it.

The bill will also ensure that local emergency orders will be capped at seven days “and may only be extended to a maximum duration of 42 days,” excluding hurricane emergencies.

The bill will be effective on July 1.

“We focused on lifting people up. We wanted people going back to work. We wanted our kids to be in school,” DeSantis said. “We wanted our economy to be healthy. We wanted our society to be healthy.”

At least three states are ending their COVID emergency orders. Florida took action yesterday, despite having third highest number of cases in the nation behind California and Texas. Oklahoma ends its order today and Alabama will do the same tomorrow. Click here for US COVID statistics.